Pediatric Hospitalists' Performance of Recommended Minor Procedures: A Multicenter Study

Minor Procedures in Pediatric Hospital Medicine Study Group

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Performance of minor procedures is highly variable among pediatric hospitalists. Our objective was to describe procedural frequency and measure self-assessed competence in recommended minor procedures among practicing hospitalists. METHODS: An electronic survey was administered across 20 US institutions. An individual survey assessed training, frequency, independence, and success in performing 11 minor procedures. The site survey described practice settings at participating study sites. The primary outcome was respondents' self-assessed competence (SAC), derived by averaging self-assessed independence and success scores (each on a 5-point Likert scale) across all 11 minor procedures. Associations between predictor variables and SAC were determined through analysis of variance for categorical variables and fitted regression models for continuous variables. RESULTS: Of the 360 survey respondents, the majority were female (70%), not fellowship trained (78%), and had 10 years or fewer experience as a hospitalist (72%). Lumbar puncture and bag mask ventilation were most frequently performed. Greater procedural frequency and time since graduation from training were associated with higher SAC scores among respondents. Practice characteristics, including comanagement of patients and reserved time for practicing procedures, were associated with higher SAC scores. The presence of a simulation center and fellowship program was not associated with higher SAC scores. CONCLUSIONS: Pediatric hospitalists that performed procedures more frequently had higher selfassessed procedural competence. Tailored opportunities with increased hands-on experience in performing minor procedures may be important to develop and maintain procedural skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1039-1047
Number of pages9
JournalHospital Pediatrics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2023


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